2017 Speakers




Anne Bougie

Anne Bougie is a Senior Software Developer at Concurrency, Inc. Anne has been in software development since the mid-90s in many different roles including developer, architect, business analyst, tester, project manager and teacher. She has expertise in a variety of languages and platforms and enjoys speaking as an opportunity to break down complex technical topics to help other understand them. She has been developing for the cloud since 2009. When she is not coding, she is either maintaining her beehives or playing with Arduino projects for beekeeping. Her blog is at http://www.bougiefever.com

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Ashley Grant

Ashley Grant is a Microsoft MVP for Front End Development and Community Lead for the Aurelia JavaScript Framework. Ashley blogs at https://aurelia.ninja when he isn't training developers to be successful building their apps with Aurelia. His goal is to lead developers in to the pit of success for all their front-end work!

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Cameron Presley

Cameron Presley is a software engineer, avid boardgamer, and musician living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He’s currently a senior software engineer at Pilot Flying J, helping developers level up one day at a time. When not slinging software, Cameron spends his time organizing the Knoxville Functional Programming group (FunctionalKnox) and his work with other developers improve their career through one-on-one sessions as The Software Mentor.

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Chris Houdeshell

Hello. I’m Chris. I’m a bit herder, a pointer wrecker, and HTTP is my best friend. I’m comfortable in both system languages and languages that make the cloud fluffy. I love all modern technology but a special place is reserved in my heart for IoT, embedded devices, distributed systems and anything that has a content-type. During the day, I conjure up software as an Assistant Vice President at EnergyCAP. Or I just have meetings about conjuring up software. I also drink a bit too much coffee while rambling on about technology. If you are willing to have a conversation – I am ready to buy you a cup. Just email me at choudeshell@gmail.com

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Chris Woodruff

Chris Woodruff (or Woody as he is commonly known as) has a degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University’s College of Engineering. Woody has been developing and architecting software solutions for almost 15 years and has worked in many different platforms and tools. He is a community leader, helping such events as GRDevNight, GRDevDay, West Michigan Day of .NET and CodeMash. He was also instrumental in bringing the popular Give Camp event to Western Michigan where technology professionals lend their time and development expertise to assist local non-profits. As a speaker and podcaster, Woody has spoken and discussed a variety of topics, including database design and open source. He has been a Microsoft MVP in Visual C#, Data Platform and SQL and was recognized in 2010 as one of the top 20 MVPs world-wide. Woody owns and leads Woodruff Solutions LLC to provide solutions involving mobile apps and the services that drive mobile solutions.

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Damian Brady

Damian works for Microsoft as a Cloud Developer Advocate in the League of Extraordinary Cloud DevOps Advocates team. An ex-Microsoft MVP and developer at Octopus Deploy, he's also a Pluralsight Author, and co-author of Professional Team Foundation Server 2013 from Wiley. He's based in Toronto Canada, but when back in Australia, he co-organises the Brisbane .NET User Group, and the annual DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper Brisbane conference. Damian regularly speaks at conferences, User Groups, and other events around the world, but most of the time you'll find him talking to developers and IT Pros to help them get the most out of their DevOps strategies.

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Danny Brown

Team Lead -- Full Stack C# .NET Developer at Homeside Financial, LLC (http://gohomeside.com/)

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Dave Voyles

Dave Voyles is a construction worker turned Technical Evangelist at Microsoft and it based out of Philadelphia, PA. His role has him working with students and startups across the country, to help get their projects off the ground. His work frequently has him working with game consoles, web development, and high performance mobile applications.

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Donovan Brown

Meet The Man in the Black Shirt. Donovan Brown is a Senior DevOps Program Manager on Microsoft's US Developer Division team. Why is DevOps one of the hottest topics? Because it hurts the most. Luckily, Donovan's unofficial tag line is #RubDevOpsOnIt and he's here to make it all better. Before joining Microsoft, Donovan spent seven years as a Process Consultant and a Certified Scrum Master. Developer Tools are his thing. Donovan has travelled the globe helping companies in the U.S., Canada, India, Germany, and the UK develop solutions using agile practices, Visual Studio, and Team Foundation Server in industries as broad as Communications, Health Care, Energy, and Financial Services. What else keeps the wheels spinning on The Man in The Black Shirt? Donovan's also an avid programmer, often finding ways to integrate software into his other hobbies and activities, one of which is Professional Air Hockey where he has ranked as high as 11 in the world.

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Eran Stiller

Eran Stiller is a software architect, consultant, instructor and technology addict. With many years of experience in software development and architecture, Eran is recognized as a Microsoft MVP on Microsoft Azure for his contribution to technical communities worldwide. A Co-Founder at CodeValue Ltd., Eran practices software architecture at various clients on an almost daily basis, reviewing many designs in many professional fields. As the leader of CodeValue’s Cloud Division, Eran is in charge of learning and promoting the usage of public cloud platforms throughout CodeValue’s projects and customer solutions. Eran instructs various software courses and workshops and is a frequent public speaker at various events, meetups and user groups on topics he finds especially interesting. Furthermore, Eran is a co-organizer of Azure Israel, which meets every once in a while to discuss all things related to Microsoft Azure. He is also an upcoming Pluralsight author, currently working on his first course.

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Erika Carlson

Erika Carlson was studying psychology in 2011 when she wrote her first line of Python code. She fell in love with programming, decided to change paths, and became a software developer. Since then she has built Java enterprise software, created websites for non-profits, and worked on iOS applications with millions of users. She is currently the Director of Apprenticeship at Detroit Labs. Erika founded the Detroit chapter of Girl Develop It, and teaches programming and web development to students of all ages. She is passionate about the potential of technology to make a difference in people's lives and create positive change in the world.

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Gajan Pathmanathan

Gajan is a quality evangelist, an automation enthusiast, and an enabler, with about 14 years of experience in designing, developing and testing software. He is currently the leader of the Enterprise Quality Architecture team at Quicken Loans, where he is responsible for implementing solutions and strategies for continuous quality and Quality-Driven Development at the enterprise level, which encompasses about 100+ cross-functional delivery teams. Prior to joining Quicken Loans, Gajan worked at Intel/McAfee as a lead engineer and led the team that was responsible for defining quality process across the organization, especially test automation process. Gajan holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He comfortably “speaks” about 10 languages – 7 programming languages, and 3 natural languages. In his spare time, Gajan enjoys playing racquetball/squash, some biking, and photography.

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Giulio Vian

His passion started with a TI-57, quickly followed by a Sinclair ZX80, an Apple II. After a degree and long years consulting lots of customers on Microsoft technologies, he is now focused on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps themes; in spite of what you hear, he is still able to write working code even using up-to-the-minute editors instead of VI. He is Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Visual Studio ALM Rangers since 2010 and likes having the chance to present his point of view because he love sharing experience and chatting.

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Jason van Brackel

Jason van Brackel is a Solutions Architect with the Client Services team at Apprenda. He uses a combination of tools to provide systems and software integration solutions for organizations using Apprenda. Previously, Jason was a consultant in the Philadelphia region, where he designed and developed business solutions for clients across various industries.

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Jeffrey Fritz

Jeffrey T. Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Development Division that delivers Visual Studio and the .NET development platform. As a long time web developer with experience in large and small applications across a variety of verticals, he knows how to build for performance and practicality. He is the author of the book, ‘Learn ASP.NET Core in 24 Hours’ and leads the ASP.NET 4.x and NuGet teams. You can also learn from Jeffrey on Pluralsight, Wintellect, follow him on twitter @csharpfritz, and read his blogs at jeffreyfritz.com and blogs.msdn.com/webdev

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Jeremy Clark

Jeremy Clark makes developers better. By drawing on over 15 years of experience in application development, he helps developers take a step up in their skillset with a focus on making complex topics approachable regardless of skill level. He is a Microsoft MVP for .NET, and he has authored seven courses for Pluralsight, including "C# Interfaces", a course aimed at giving developers a clear understanding of abstraction. He loves speaking and has delivered over 200 technical presentations over the last 7 years in the United States and Europe. Jeremy lives in Southern California with 2 cats and a banjo. http://www.jeremybytes.com

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Jim Wooley

By day, Jim Wooley is a Solution Architect for Slalom Consulting, In his free time, Jim is a frequent speaker, MVP, and author of "LINQ in Action". He is always striving to stay at the forefront of technology and enjoys the thrill of a new challenge. He has been active evangelizing LINQ since its announcement in 2005. In addition, he attempts to pass on the insights he has gained by being active in the community, including organizing and speaking at code camps and regional events, including MIX, VS Live, CodeMash, KCDC, That Conference, DevWeek, and CodeStock.

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Joseph Guadagno

For 20 years or so I have been in Software Development. During that time I have used many tools, languages, and technologies. I started out programming with a small book on QuickBASIC. I later moved on to Visual Basic for DOS. Windows then came along and I starting using Visual Basic for Windows, I then migrated to Visual Basic .NET and eventually ended up using Visual C#. I work as a Team Leader at Quicken Loans, based in Detroit, MI. I am a public speaker and present internationally on a lot of different technology topics, a list of them are available at http://www.josephguadagno.net/presentations/. I have been recognized as a Microsoft MVP in .NET (since 2009) and a Friends of Red Gate program (since 2015).

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Joshua Garverick

Microsoft MVP Josh Garverick is a seasoned IT professional with more than 15 years’ enterprise experience working in several large industries (finance, healthcare, transportation, logistics). He specializes in Application Lifecycle Management and is currently involved with DevOps and architecture projects, focusing specifically on software architecture and enterprise needs. Josh is a Visual Studio ALM Ranger, providing guidance, practical experience, and solutions to the developer community. When not geeking out over technology and architecture frameworks, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

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Ken Dale

Ken Dale is a software developer and Microsoft MVP with much of his current technology focus centered around the .NET web stack, JavaScript, and cloud technologies. Outside the realms of software, Ken is a musician who enjoys food eaten with chopsticks and travel.

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Lee Brandt

After almost two decades writing software professionally (and a few years unprofessionally before that), Lee Brandt still continues to learn every day. He has led teams in small and large companies and always manages to keep the business needs at the forefront of software development efforts. He speaks internationally about software development, from both a technical and business perspective, and loves to teach others what he learns. Lee writes software in Objective-C, JavaScript and C#… mostly. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in Visual C# and one of the directors of the Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC). Lee is a decorated Gulf War veteran, a husband, a proud pet parent and loves to play the drums whenever he gets any spare time.

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Nate Barbettini

Nate is a developer, author, and speaker who specializes in full-stack .NET and JavaScript. He hails from San Francisco, but calls Texas home. He's passionate about helping others learn how to write better, more secure code.

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Nick Landry

Nick Landry (@ActiveNick) is a mobility pioneer and former entrepreneur specializing in cross-platform mobile app development for Windows, iOS and Android devices. Nick works at Microsoft as a Senior Technical Evangelist in the New York Metro area. He spent most his career in IT consulting, software and services companies across various technical and business roles, designing, building, managing and selling innovative software products and solutions for the world’s top brands and Fortune 500 companies. Known for his dynamic and engaging style, he is a frequent speaker at major software development conferences worldwide, was a 10-year Microsoft MVP awarded on Windows Phone Development, and a Nokia Developer Ambassador & Champion. With 25 years of professional experience, Nick is a certified developer and software architect by trade and specializes in Cross-Platform Mobility, Computer Speech & Bots, IoT, Cloud, GIS, HoloLens and Mobile Game Development. He is an active coder, occasional author, avid gamer, loving husband and proud father.

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Ondrej Balas

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

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Oren Novotny

Oren is a Principal Architect at BlueMetal Architects. He is passionate about reducing friction in the development process and enabling other developers to create portable cross-platform applications using .NET. Named a Microsoft MVP for Windows Platform Development in 2014, Microsoft MVP for Visual Studio and Development Technologies in 2016, Xamarin MVP in 2016, and member of the .NET Foundation Advisory Council in 2017, he has been writing code on the Microsoft platform since the days a 2400 baud modem was considered cutting-edge. His prior experience ranges from building identity solutions for global organizations, developing real-time trading systems dealing with massive amounts of data to the complex data models of equity derivatives and the regulatory needs of Medicaid claims processing. He believes that technology is meaningless in a vacuum and strives to show how the bleeding-edge delivers superior value to the clients’ bottom line.

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Paul Hacker

Paul Hacker has over 15 years of application architecture, design, development, and management expertise in Microsoft technologies. Paul has a depth of experience in ALM, Process Improvement, and Team Foundation Server. Having distinguished himself as a leader in the IT industry he has been awarded the distinction of Microsoft MVP in the ALM category every year since 2006.Over the years Paul has proven his expertise in Application Lifecycle Management and has demonstrated his professionalism and commitment to the continuous process of managing the life of an application through governance, development and maintenance.

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Richard Taylor

I am a 25 year software development and technology professional living in Huntersville, NC. My experience includes the design and development of small to enterprise class applications. For the last 10 years, I have focused on web based applications and that is where my passion lives. I have a great deal of experience but I do like to explore new technologies, tools, and techniques to help create better software. Currently, I'm the president and founder of New Oak Software, LLC. New Oak Software, LLC is a software development firm that creates software products in the area of personal financial management and business administration. Our firm also provides software development consulting, software development management, and product development (coding) to assist our clients in meeting their business objectives. I am also a Tech Lead and member of a highly skilled development team at Logical Advantage in Charlotte, NC delivering software solutions utilizing the following technologies: ASP.NET (Web API, MVC) SQL Server/MongoDB Angular Bootstrap JavaScript/NodeJS KendoUI As a team member, I am required to develop software at all levels of the modern software stack. (Front-end, API, and data store) I also consult and provide solutions to overall software architecture and user experience which involves deep research into tool-set capabilities, reviewing trends and best practices, and development of prototypes. When not developing software, I am focused on spending time with my lovely wife Shondrecca and our five children. (Richard, Ayanna, David, Jonathan, and Stephen) Richard rtaylor@rightincode.com

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Sam Basu

Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

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Sara Chipps

Sara Chipps is a JavaScript developer based in NYC. She has been working on Software and the Open Source Community since 2001. She’s been obsessed with hardware and part of http://Nodebots.com since 2012. She is the CEO of http://Jewelbots.com, a company dedicated towards drastically changing the number of girls entering STEM fields using hardware. She was formerly the CTO of http://FlatironSchool.com, a school dedicated to teaching people of all ages how to build software and launch careers as software developers. In 2010 she cofounded Girl Develop It, a non-profit focused on helping more women become software developers. Girl Develop It is in 45 cities, and has taught over 17,000 women how to build software.

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Scott Allen

I write software and consult through OdeToCode LLC. I have 25+ years of commercial software development experience across a wide range of technologies. I’ve successfully delivered software products for embedded, Windows, and web platforms. I’ve developed web services for Fortune 500 companies and firmware for startups.

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Scott Kay

Scott Kay is a software engineer at eMoney Advisor working with a talented team of developers to continuously improve and optimize their application stack and server infrastructure. He has been involved with .NET since it's inception, first as a Microsoft Evangelist and continuing through his local developer community. Beyond .NET, he dabbles in the Go programming language and data/multimedia compression.

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Stephen Bohlen

Currently a Principal Software Engineer for the Technology, Evangelism, and Development (TED) Team within Microsoft Corporation, Stephen brings his varied 20-plus-years of experience in software and technology to assist select Microsoft Partner organizations in their adoption of cutting-edge and pre-release Microsoft developer products and technologies. Stephen is also an active contributor to several .NET Open-Source Software projects including NHibernate, Spring.NET, NDbUnit, Common.Logging, and others. Stephen is also a past Microsoft MVP award recipient, a member of the ASP Insiders and Visual C# Insiders, and formerly held the office of the Vice President of INETA, North America.

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Steve Michelotti

Steve Michelotti works for Microsoft on the Azure Government team, focusing on developer enablement. He is a contributing author for Pluralsight training and a member of ASPInsiders. Before joining Microsoft, he was a 7-time Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET. In addition, Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups, conferences, and Code Camps along the East Coast. Steve is an avid blogger (http://stevemichelotti.com), has contributed articles to Visual Studio Magazine, and his work on high performance web solutions was featured on Channel 9. Before Microsoft, he served as an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS) where he led numerous projects including a multi-year effort to modernize the business systems of a major insurance carrier. Previously he was the Chief Technologist at e.magination where he consulted with clients including Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world.

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